Jenncook678 07/24/2012 at 06:09pm
I think it really depends on the grade level you are teaching.
However, I come from a small area and 95% of the kids have never had an art class before they get to me (I teach high school art). So I basically have to start at the begining.
I've done "scavenger hunts" where student are in groups and they are assigned an element (for beginners) or an element and a principle (for more advanced students). Then they search around the school for them.
Almost all the kids have camera phones now so I get them to use photography to capture their assigned element or principal. They can then email them to me and we have a slide show where students explain why their image captures an element or principle.
Once they are familiar with the concept of each I move into my regular curriculum.
I start my grade 9s on the elements and then focus on the principles in grade 10. I only have 45 days with grades 9&10; so whatever I do has to be pretty quick.
I spend at least a week on each of the elements and principles. Then I usually have time to squeeze in some other lessons at the end.
I've found you can get pretty creative using the E&Ps; as a framework for your semester and the kids seem to like the structure and how the two years build on each other.
I hope this helps!